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(WOOD) — Dog owners in Grand Rapids are warning others after they say their chihuahuas were stolen. Cami Sawyer says her chihuahua, Gracie, was taken from her front yard in northeast Grand Rapids on June 12. She says her neighbor witnessed a white van with Minnesota plates pull up, grab the dog and take off. She added her granddaughter uses Gracie as a therapy dog.

Sawyer started keeping a log of similar cases reported on Facebook. In the past 12 days, she has recorded more than a half dozen chihuahuas stolen in Grand Rapids. Dog owner Rayvon Morgan says his chihuahua, Raven, was taken from his car. He took the 3-month-old puppy to his office for the day. He says when it was time to head home, he loaded Raven into his car, cracked the window and returned to his office to lock up. “They grab the dog and then they walk to the street,” Morgan said as he pointed to surveillance footage of the incident. I’m scared and I just want her to be taken care of.” Both dog owners say they’re concerned their animals are being sold or used for breeding. They say they’re desperate to know their animals are safe. “We just ask that you think about how you would feel if you lost a loved one because these are our loved ones.

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